ROCKLAND — Olivia Dougherty of Warren was crowned 2022 Maine Sea Goddess at the 75th Maine Lobster Festival Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Dougherty is a 2021 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is currently attending the University of Maine Orono pursuing a degree in international relations and affairs, with a concentration on international security. Her sponsors are Knight Marine Service of Rockland, and Jess’s Market of Rockland.

The Maine Sea Goddess represents the state and the lobster industry at various events throughout the year. She will hold the title until the next coronation in 2023.

Mareh Willis of Waldoboro was named Crown Princess.

Willis is a 2022 graduate of Oceanside High School. In the fall she plans to attend the University of New England to study medical biology with a pre-physician’s assistant focus. Her sponsor is Haskell’s Water Treatment of Rockland.

The Crown Princess steps in for the Maine Sea Goddess if she is unable to perform her duties. She also holds the title until 2023.

Rachael Rademacher of Rockport was named Miss Congeniality, which is voted on by the fellow contestants.

Rademacher is a 2022 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School. She plans to attend college out of state, to travel the world, and to minor in dance. Her sponsor is The Study Hall of Rockport.

Also running were Elsbeth Bates of Litchfield and Hunter Snider-Vaillancourt of New Gloucester.

The coronation took place on the main stage at Harbor Park on opening day of The Lobster Festival.

Emily Waterman Dillon acted as coronation emcee. Dillon is originally from South Thomaston and has performed nationally with multiple comics. She is a founder of Stingers Comedy, and was voted Pensacola Florida’s Best Comedian of the Coast two years running.

Dillon said she was the first woman to officiate the Sea Goddess ceremony, and she was honored to be chosen for the job.

Coronation Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Flaherty and Abby Peabody thanked the young women for their hard work and the sponsors who provided support and event spaces to allow the coronation to happen.

Maine Lobster Festival President Celia Knight said she was pleased to celebrate 75 years of the Lobster Festival, and said it felt like winning a prize just to have the festival this year.

Knight said the young women all worked very hard and she would be proud to have any of them be the next Sea Goddess.

2020 Sea Goddess Chloe Blake spoke about holding the title of Sea Goddess during the pandemic. Blake is the only Goddess to hold the title for two years.

Multiple other “royal representatives” were present for the coronation, including 2021 Wild Blueberry Ambassador Aubrey Schaeffer. The pirate Blackbeard and King Neptune and his court were also present.

Coronation judges were Pamela Gay, Krista Tripp and Scott Herrick. Gwen McNalley of Warren was the coronation crown bearer.